Taking Down The St. Joseph Altar
Taking down the altar is just as much a tradition as assembling it. My mother Pat, daughter Amanda, neighbor Deanna, and my “Tea Friends” Dee Noble Andrea Butler, Christie Guarrasi DaSilva, deconstructed this years altar in record time. I can not be more grateful for all they do each year after the crowds are gone, the celebration is over, and the dust has officially settled. The festivities may be over but the to do list of putting the house back together is far from over! Without ever having to ask, they take it upon themselves to coordinate a time to meet at my house to break down the altar, table settings, and serving stations. Deconstructing the altar is a not an easy task. Rearranging my year round mini altar, restocking dozens of statues back into the vitrine cabinet, and carefully covering borrowed statues in bubble wrap for safe transport back to Mr. Philip Perry’s home is a daunting task. Every item in, on and around the altar is packed away safely for next year. Prayer book, candle holders, rosary beads, prayer cards, and music Each must be stored properly and systemically so that next years assembly runs smoothly. I’m so incredibly lucky to have an amazing group of women put my house back together by leading their helping hands.
Thank you all<3
Now that the hard work is over, this morning I took a much needed break and enjoyed a slice of Ricotta Pie I made yesterday and cup of espresso while writing some personal thank you notes to friends and family.
For my Ricotta Pie Recipe see page #222 in “Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest” Cookbook!